At least once a month I get a question about credentials and listing initials after one’s name. It usually comes down to this: if I’ve taken a SANE course, can I use SANE (or sometimes FNE) after my name? And the short answer is: No. If all you have done is take the course, you cannot just add those initials after your name upon completion.
If you are working as a SANE (or forensic nurse), that is a job title/description–that goes underneath your name. Initials after your name include degrees and certifications (including state certifications), licenses, and awards/honors. A SANE certificate course is not a certification, so do not confuse the two. What’s the big deal you ask? When you put credentials after your name that don’t belong there, you are misrepresenting yourself professionally.